Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eagle Academy Student to Attend West Point

Eagle Foundation Board Member David Brand, Eagle Academy Principal Jonathan Foy, Eagle Academy Senior Roberto Huie; Major Michael Burns, Minority Admissions Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point; Philip Banks Sr., President One Hundred Black Men of New York; Fitzgerald Miller, 2nd VP One Hundred Black Men of New York, Inc.; and retired Army Colonel Francis Kairson. Photo credit: Margot Jordan for 100 Black Men of New York, Inc. (OHBMNY, INC)
First student from the public school sponsored by the One Hundred Black Men, Inc. to attend any service academy
Via Press Release: On November 1, Major Michael Burns, Minority Admissions Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, presented 16-year old Eagle Academy senior Roberto Huie with his letter of acceptance as a Cadet in the class of 2015. Roberto is the first student from the Eagle Academy to be accepted into a US service academy. He was greeted in the Eagle Academy’s Senate Room by the top fifty students in the school along with Philip Banks, Jr., President of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York; Board member David Brand, 1st Vice President; Fitzgerald Miller; Retired Army Colonel Francis Kairson, also a member of the One Hundred Black Men; Eagle Academy Principal Jonathan Foy and Donald Ruff, Director of College Counseling.

In another special presentation, Col. Kairson presented Roberto with a Buffalo Soldier coin representing the 9th and 10th Cavalries. Roberto is an only child from the Bronx. Upon receiving his letter he said: “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do.” When asked about joining the US military academy in a time of war he replied, “I’ve thought about that a lot. This is a time when the country needs leaders the most. Hopefully, if I'm needed, I’ll be prepared.”

Six years ago, 100 boys started classes at the newly-organized Eagle Academy for Young Men, then located in the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice. The Eagle Academies (in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens) are sponsored by One Hundred Black Men, Inc., a community-based organization of professionals with a four-decade record of mentoring, civic involvement and leadership in public education.

On Wednesday, September 8th, the brand new $50 million, 78,500 square foot Eagle Academy for Young Men opened at 4143 Third Avenue at 176th Street, between the Cross Bronx Expressway and Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. The school will educate more than 500 boys in grades 6-12. See previous post announcing the school opening HERE.

“The Eagle Academies are the One Hundred Black Men’s response to the high failure rate of Black and Hispanic boys in high school as well as college. Our historic and unique approach uses public/private partnerships to create and consolidate resources. Our model combines a single-gender, experiential approach to learning providing academic, social and personal tools for young men to succeed. Additionally, we provide an example for young men with men taking a lead as mentors and taking responsibility for raising young men,” said Philip Banks, Jr., President of OHBMNY.

Source: Rubenstein Associates, Inc

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